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  • Homemade fly spray for horses
  • Homemade horse detangler + glycerin

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    06-22-2010, 04:20 PM
Post Might be getting a horse soon!!! Questions (Please answer!)

  • Do you use homemade fly spray? If you do please post recipe!
  • What are some products that you really like that you would suggest to buy (before purchasing the horse)?
  • Any other tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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    06-22-2010, 04:37 PM
I use a homemade fly spray and it works fairly well against horse flies for my horses could be different for you but it is skin so soft, mouth wash, vinegar, and dawn dish detergent. I don't measure anything out just kinda pour it into the spray bottle:P

I don't know if you have or are planning on it but please make sure you get a vet check before you buy!!!

I hope everything works out:)
    06-22-2010, 04:46 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
Sorry I spelled questions wrong in the title:/
  • Do you use homemade fly spray? If you do please post recipe!
  • What are some products that you really like that you would suggest to buy (before purchasing the horse)?
  • Any other tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!!

I actually have a homemade fly spray recipe approved by vets. I haven't tried it but it's in a horse cookbook I have.


2 cups white vinegar

1 cup of Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil (Original Scent)

1 cup water

1 tablespoon eucalyptus oil (available at health food stores)

Mix ingredients together in a spray bottle.Apply to your horse before riding or turning out.It will wear off as the horse sweats,so apply as needed.
    06-22-2010, 04:49 PM
Green Broke
Oh and I also have recipes for hoof care,liniment,Heel Scratch preparation,mane and tail detangler,etc. Just ask and I will type em up on the ones you are interested in.
    06-22-2010, 04:51 PM
1) I just buy fly spray. The kind that works best is called Whup-A-Bug, but it's very very hard to find. Endure by Farnam works excellent, but it's fairly pricey. Swat by Farnam also, I believe, works well around the eyes and on the sheath and on other spots flies are most attracted to. If somebody else on here knows how to put together a homemade bottle of fly spray please share the secret! Haha.
2) Are you going to be boarding your horse? I would recommend it, at least for a little while, if you're a newbie so that other people will be around to help you out. You'll need tack, grooming supplies, and a good first aid kit. As to what you really need for your horse to take care of him: feed, hay, free access to water, a dry place for him to stand when it's raining, a safe fence, a good farrier, and a good vet. I probably left a few things out that I'm not thinking about at the moment, but if you board then all these things (besides the tack and grooming supplies) should be taken care of. Just make sure it's taken care of properly! Hope you get your horse soon :]
    06-22-2010, 05:04 PM
1. No, I don't. I've heard feeding the horse garlic (when done currectly) keeps a lot of the flies off. I just use commercial fly spray. Just be careful because it washes off in the rain or when you hose them down....make sure to spray them again after baths and rain.

2&3. I'll list a few tips and products.....
  • BREAKAWAY HALTERS!! If your horse is going to be out to pasture with a halter, or tied with a halter ever while you're not monitoring him, please get a halter with a breakaway crownpiece so if he gets caught, he can get away. I know too many horses who have had fatal injuries because of this....my Paint Clydesdale as a foal was playing in the pasture at his old owner's barn and his halter caught on the fence and he was stuck under a chain link fence. The dam was running around frantic trying to get the owner's attention.....He lived and was fine, but that's always a reminder for me never to turn a horse out in a halter, or at least not a non-breakway. And never turn out or tye in a rope halter!! Tying to a post in a rope halter is fine if you're RIGHT THERE and the horse ties without problems, but I really don't reccomend it. Just some tips :)
  • A shed flower is the most amazing grooming tool every made for getting out an undercoat, as are the jelly scrubber curry comb mits. The jelly scrubber curry comb mits are multi-purpose: Bathing, getting dirt off, mud off, they're gentle on the face and legs but are still good enough to get off as much or more than a regular curry.
  • Buy about 5 lead ropes. You'll always lose one or lend one to a friend or leave on at the house or in the trailer....I currently have 10 lead ropes in my barn for 5 horses.
  • Show Sheen or Magic Sheen are both great for making a coat shine before a photo shoot, or before a show, or just so your horse looks nice :)
  • Make sure your saddle fits your horse.
  • Switch wormers every time so the worms don't build up resistance. I use Zimectrin Gold and Quest, alternating every time.
  • Try not to brush or comb the tail ever. Finger comb it dailt so the fragile hairs stay strong and don't break.
  • If you're keeping the horses at home and only have one grass pasture, divide it in half with a strand of hot tape and alternate which side they use every week or so so the grass has time to grow in.
Any more questions just ask!
    06-22-2010, 05:50 PM
Thanks everyone!! I am copy and pasting the tips so I can print them out. Oh, and Gidget, what is Heel Scratch Preperation?
    06-22-2010, 07:43 PM
Green Broke
A heel scratch preparation an ointment that you add to scratches and cuts.

All you do it get

Glycerin and cider vinegar.

Mix equal amounts in a container and cover to save when needed.
Rub on heel scratches twice daily untill cured.

It's an old remedy used for many years at the racetrack.
    06-23-2010, 09:39 AM
I do not use home made fly spray. I use either deep woods off (mosquitoes) or Piranha in the aerosol can.

Best advice I can give you is to hire professionals (farrier, vet and trainer) that you trust and listen to them.

Show Sheen or Magic Sheen are both great for making a coat shine before a photo shoot, or before a show, or just so your horse looks nice :)

Never spray where the saddle goes with a silicon based coat shine product. It will make for a long day of trying to keep the saddle/pad in the right place.

Switch wormers every time so the worms don't build up resistance. I use Zimectrin Gold and Quest, alternating every time.
There have been lots of changes in what is considered the best deworming protocol for horses very recently. Please check with your vet prior to deciding on your deworming system.

Also, lots of horses have reactions to both Zimectrin Gold and Quest so if you are going to use either make sure you are available to monitor your horse after administering. (My horse had a horrible reaction to ZG, I have never had an issue with Quest but I have heard many people do.)

    06-23-2010, 12:37 PM
Oh, & here's something to add:

If you are planning on making homemade fly spray, perhaps add tea tree oil. It's a natural insect repelant and is also healthy for your horse's coat!

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